Navy’s First African-American, Female Boatswain’s Mate Chief Warrant Officer Shares Her Story

Navy’s first African-American, female Boatswain’s Mate Chief Warrant Officer shares her story

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent PyfromNORFOLK, Va. – There is always a first. In the Navy so many firsts are spoken about that they become test questions. Well here’s one more first, the Navy’s first African-American, female Boatswains Mate (BM) chief warrant officer; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Summer Levert.Levert is assigned to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) as the ship’s Bos’n. The ship’s Bos’n is an officer who is the subject matter expert on all major seamanship functions and the maintenance of topside gear such as; small boat …

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